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Duhn, Iris; Grieshaber, Sue – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
The prevailing discourse of quality in early childhood education in Australia and internationally supports the idea that everyone, from families to educators, policymakers, researchers and politicians, wants high-quality early childhood education programs for all young children. This dominance is so pervasive that it becomes difficult to think…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Vignettes, National Standards
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Jones, Liz; Rossholt, Nina; Anastasiou, Thekla; Holmes, Rachel – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article considers what the repercussions are when the concept of "quality" is examined within the epistemological and ontological theoretical shifts that are afforded by post-humanism. In particular, Braidotti's configuring of thinking as "nomadic activity" and the need for "process ontology", together with…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Epistemology, Humanism, Educational Philosophy
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Nxumalo, Fikile – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article seeks to contribute towards an unsettling of dominant framings of quality pedagogical practices. The author puts to work the figure of the modest witness as a way of storying everyday pedagogical encounters in childhood settings that might refigure quality in practice as materialized more-than-human becomings. Working within the…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Preschool Education, Teaching Methods, Art
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Evans, Katherine – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article is an exploration of the possibilities encountered through shifting from a "logic of quality" to a "space of meaning-making" within early years education. Focusing on ideas of "readiness", this discussion aims to challenge normative understandings that relate this concept to the predictable achievement of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Readiness, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries
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Reinertsen, Anne Beate – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article is crafted through three scenes, through which the author tries to imagine quality as something that is third space, semiotic, plasticity, eternal, and simultaneously something solid and obviously good here and now, through a Spinozian/Deluzian/Braitottian joy/you/me. The author rhizomatically tries to lay everything out on a plane of…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Semiotics, Social Change, History
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Ritchie, Jenny – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
In this article it is argued that notions of "quality" in early childhood education have been captured by neo-liberal discourses. These discourses perpetuate the western, individualistic, normativising and exploitative attitudes and practices that are contributing to the climate crisis currently imperilling our planet. Educators may…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries, Vignettes
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Viviani, Maria – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
The aim of this study was to explore the different ways in which a number of Chilean stakeholders conceptualise the "good early childhood educator" in Chile. In a context where new foreign narratives are increasingly dominating the field and the recent standardisation of the educators' professional role is being implemented, this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Educators
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Arnott, Lorna; Grogan, Deirdre; Duncan, Pauline – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article explores the use of iPads as part of a child-centred data collection approach to understand young children's creativity. Evidence is presented from a small study of three- to five-year-old children's creative play. Analysis of the children's engagement with iPad video diaries and free-to-use tablet applications was logged across two…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Handheld Devices, Preschool Children, Creativity
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Bown, Kathryn; Sumsion, Jennifer – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article contributes to the global conversation about generating a "vision" in early childhood education and care policy by reporting on an investigation of influences on politicians' policy decisions in early childhood education and care in Australia. This article is inspired by the provocations of social and political theorists who…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Decision Making, Semi Structured Interviews
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Brown, Christopher P; Weber, Natalie Babiak; Yoon, Yeojoo – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
This article documents the pedagogical and practical struggles of a sample of early educators in a large urban school district in the USA who engaged in a professional development course which offered them alternative conceptions of teaching that critically questioned the norms and practices of their high-stakes neo-liberal early education system.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Neoliberalism, Preschool Teachers, Urban Schools
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Arndt, Sonja – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
When "they" come to "us" in "our" place, what happens, for "them" and for "us"? This article investigates conceptions of Otherness through the story of an immigrant early childhood teacher, seen as the stranger, foreigner, who comes to "our" place, our early childhood setting. It provokes…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Immigrants, Early Childhood Education, Social Attitudes
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O'Connor, Jane; Fotakopoulou, Olga – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
The rise in personal ownership of touch-screen technology such as iPads and smartphones in the UK in recent years has led to the increasing use of such technology by babies and very young children. This article explores this practice via an online parental survey with 226 UK parents of children aged 0-3 years within the context of the current…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Foreign Countries, Parent Surveys, Online Surveys
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Guimaraes, Sofia; Howe, Sally; Clausen, Sigrid Brogaard; Cottle, Michelle – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
Baseline assessment has recently been trialled as part of an accountability measure in English primary schools. The research presented in this colloquium examines the views of teachers related to using well-being and involvement indicators as a starting point for baseline assessment. The findings suggest that the focus on well-being was welcomed…
Descriptors: Well Being, Accountability, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students
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Gibbons, Andrew – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
The arrival of digital media in early education appears to have been both the cause and effect of an idea of a universal experience of rapidly changing time. In this article, the role and purpose of the phrase "we live in rapidly changing times" is of critical concern. The phrase is questioned in order to avoid taking its meaning for…
Descriptors: Time, Early Childhood Education, Technology Education, Technological Advancement
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Duhn, Iris – Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 2016
Childhood and time are closely linked concepts in education. Childhood as a modern domain is a cornerstone of the human narrative of being in time, with birth as the beginning and death as the end. A newborn child marks new beginnings and hope for the future, and geopolitically early childhood education is now seen as a cornerstone for building…
Descriptors: Child Development, Futures (of Society), Novels, Time
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